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2019 Red Burgundies
Decanter, Wine Advocate, & Vinous ratings
“Guillaume Boillot began the harvest on September 6, as usual starting in Volnay.  Yields were down, and alcohol levels ranged between 13% and 14.2%. “My father told me to frame the must analyses, as one couldn't hope for anything more perfect,” he laughed. Whereas in 2018, Boillot was able to press all his whites with a vertical basket press, in 2019 he reverted to a pneumatic press, explaining that even after foulage (crushing), it was simply too difficult to extract juice from the thick-skinned small berries that characterized the vintage. "Vinification intégrale,” which is to say barrel fermentation of red wines, is still the order of the day for most of the red wine cuvées at this address. The other trend, which sharp-eyed readers will have picked up on, is a move toward more and more domaine-grown fruit: first came the Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc, which joined the range in 2018...The 2019 vintage, in any case is a great success, achieving both impressive quality and consistency, and these wines come warmly recommended.” - William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Limited production with limited allocations. For pricing and availability please contact your local sales representative. Wines arrive later this Spring.
2019 Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir
90 points – Decanter
This accessible, forward Bourgogne Pinot Noir is made in a Côte de Beaune style, using grapes from Santenay Premier Cru, Chassagne and Volnay village sites. No new wood is used in the maturation, allowing the very pretty cherry fruit to shine through, sustained by a fine line of tannin on the palate. Drink 2021-2029.”-Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter
2019 Volnay Village
90 points – Decanter
This is declassified, domaine-owned fruit from the Clos De La Rougeotte Premier Cru, which abuts Frémiets at the north end of Volnay. The grapes are completely destemmed before being fermented in small casks. This type of fermentation brings to the wine a dark fruit aroma and a note of chocolate, along with a very rich, supple texture. It is a distinctive style and will not be for everyone. Drink 2021-2029.”-Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter

90 points- Wine Advocate
“Offering up notes of sweet berries, spices and orange rind, the 2019 Volnay Village is medium-bodied, bright and elegantly fleshy, its pretty core of fruit framed by melting tannins and lively acids. Matured in entirely once-used barrels, this has turned out very well. Drink 2022-2042.”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate
2019 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets
94 points- Wine Advocate
“One of my favorite wines in the cellar is the 2019 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets, a lovely cuvée that wafts from the glass with notes of plums, rose petals, sweet berry fruit, raw cocoa and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, bright and lively, it's sapid and concentrated, with refined tannins and a long, saline finish. Drink 2025-2052.”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate

93 points – Decanter: “From 0.6ha of 50-year-old vines in Caillerets, fermented in small casks (all new). The wood does not dominate the wine, which delivers fresh red berry fruit, some limestone-driven minerality and a lively texture on the palate. With a wonderful balance between the acidity and extract, in my view this is among the best of the reds from the Côte de Beaune. Drink 2024-2034.”- Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter
2019 Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets
92 points- Wine Advocate
“The 2019 Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets offers up aromas of plums, cassis, orange rind, petals and raw cocoa. Medium to full-bodied, lively and nicely concentrated, it's bright and fine-boned, concluding with a long finish. Produced from almost 60-year-old vines, this is a long-time fixture of the range.  Drink 2022-2045”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate

91 points – Decanter
A tiny domaine-holding of vines almost 60 years of age has produced this cuvée, which seems to fall between the Frémiets and the Caillerets in tone. There is a definite smoky character imparted by the François Frères barrels, but it is not exaggerated. The wine does not have the slightly heavy chocolate character that I found in the producer's village-level Volnay, while the texture is silky and firmer than some of the other wines in the portfolio. Drink 2024-2034.”-Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter

(91-93) points- Vinous
“The 2019 Volnay Chevrets 1er Cru has a more backward nose compared to the Fremiets, darker fruit with a pastille-like quality. The palate is well balanced with sappy red berry fruit, fine acidity with that pastille leitmotif returning on the elegant and pure finish. This Volnay is refined and approachable, but I suspect it has the legs to give 15-20 years of drinking pleasure. Drink 2023-2040.”- Neal Martin, Vinous
2019 Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets
92+ points- Wine Advocate
“More reserved than the Chevrets, Boillot's 2019 Volnay 1er Cru Frémiets mingles scents of raspberries and plums with hints of rose petals and spices. Medium-bodied, tangy and mineral, with a pretty core of fruit and fine, powdery tannins, it will reward a bit of bottle age. Drink 2025-2045.”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate

(91-93) points- Vinous
“The 2019 Volnay Fremiets 1er Cru has a delightful bouquet with vivacious Morello cherry and blueberry aromas underpinned by fine mineralité. The palate is well balanced with quite a spicy entry, a fine bead of acidity, finely structured but showing a slightly feral finish. I can abide that - this is a fine and dare I say, "fun" Volnay from Boillot. Drink 2023-2035.”- Neal Martin, Vinous

90 points – Decanter
The domaine-owned parcel of Frémiets is more than 50 years of age. The wine is fermented in small oak casks, 50% new., and it seems to overpower the wine a bit; there is ripe black fruit, but I find the smoky aromas a bit intrusive and the tannins a bit over the top for a Volnay. Drink 2024-2034.”- Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter
2019 Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc
92 points – Decanter
This parcel of nearly 0.3ha was purchased in 2007 and immediately pulled up and replanted, so the first vintage on its own was 2018 – before that it was blended into the Bourgogne Rouge. It is fermented in 100% new, small oak casks, giving the wine a sheen of sweet oak spice over the bright, forward cherry fruit. The wine is not overly tannic, but still shows the slightly rustic typicity of Pommard. Drink 2021-2029.”- Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter

92+ points- Wine Advocate
“The second vintage of this new domaine bottling chez Boillot, the 2019 Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc offers up lovely aromas of rose petals, spices, raw cocoa, sweet berry fruit and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, rich and muscular, with lively acids and ample reserves of powdery tannin, it's a touch more serious and reserved than its 2018 sibling was at the same stage. Drink 2025-2045.”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate
2019 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
95 points- Wine Advocate
“The 2019 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru is beautiful, mingling notions of red plums and raspberries with hints of rose petals, orange rind and warm spices, framed by a deft application of new oak. Medium to full-bodied, bright and concentrated, it has lively acids, ripe tannins and a long, elegantly chalky finish. Fine-boned and vibrant, this has turned out very well indeed. Drink 2027-2055”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate

94 points – Decanter
All of the vines for this wine are in the (larger) Chambolle section of the vineyard. There is beautifully intense, concentrated blackberry and pomegranate fruit on the initial attack here, and on the palate a silky texture despite a fairly dense tannic structure. 75% new casks, but they do not mark the wine to excess in any way. Drink 2024-2039.”- Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter
2019 Chambertin Grand Cru
94+ points- Wine Advocate
“More introverted that the Clos de Bèze—and as usual from the same supplier—this year, Boillot's 2019 Chambertin Grand Cru unwinds in the glass with aromas of raspberries, licorice, dried flowers and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied, taut and concentrated, with lively acids and rich, powdery tannins, this will demand a bit of patience. Drink 2029-2057.”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate
2019 Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru
95 points- Wine Advocate
“Brooding and dramatic, Boillot's 2019 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru unwinds in the glass with aromas of rose petals, Indian spices, rich berry fruit, plums and loamy soil. Full-bodied, layered and enveloping, it's textural and concentrated, with succulent acids, ripe tannins and a long, sapid finish. Drink 2027-2057.”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate
2019 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
94 points- Wine Advocate
“Rich aromas of cassis, plums, warm spices, dark chocolate and toasty new oak introduce Boillot's 2019 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, a full-bodied, deep and concentrated wine that's layered and elegantly muscular, with lively acids and powdery structuring tannins. Youthfully reserved, this has turned out very nicely. Drink 2027-2057.”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate

92 points – Decanter
This comes from two parcels totalling less than one-third of a hectare, both in Grand Maupertuis near the top of the Clos. The grapes were completely destemmed prior to vinification in a single, new, small oak cask. The result is nearly impenetrable. On the nose it is reserved; on the palate, ferociously tannic. One thing is certain, it is a wine of intense concentration and massive extract. Drink 2024-2039.”- Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter
2019 Echezeaux Grand Cru
94 points – Decanter
“The fruit here is all from the En Orveaux lieu-dit, so close to Musigny and influenced by the cool winds of the Combe d’Orveaux. This is picked as much as a week after the other fruit from the Côte de Nuits, and delivers a wine of great freshness, with lovely aromas of cassis and mullberry fruit. The wine is still structured and long on the palate, but the grip seems more from the grapes than the cask. Drink 2024-2039.”- Charles Curtis, MW, Decanter

94 points- Wine Advocate
“The 2019 Echezeaux Grand Cru opens in the glass with aromas of cherries, black raspberries, sweet oil tones, licorice and orange oil. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, its broad, textural attack segues into an ample, lively mid-palate, concluding with a long, flavorful finish. Sourced from En Orveaux, this is only the third vintage Boillot has produced of this new cuvée. Drink 2025-2050.”- William Kelley, Wine Advocate
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